MP-1979.66 | Aboriginal family near Prince Albert, SK, 1919

Aboriginal family near Prince Albert, SK, 1919
Walter Cross
1919, 20th century
Silver salts, watercolour on paper - Gelatin silver process
13 x 14 cm
Gift of Mr. Robert C. Hiller
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Ethnology (606) , Native people (373) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Northern Saskatchewan was covered by Treaty #10, negotiated in 1906. As late as 1919, however, when this picture was taken, it was still possible for a First Nations family to live a fairly traditional way of life north of the agricultural region. Prince Albert was close to the north edge of the agricultural part of Saskatchewan, and this family seems to be mostly untouched by the way of life of the newcomers. The tipi was used throughout the Great Plains of Canada and the United States.

  • What

    This is a photograph of a First Nations family in front of their tipi.

  • Where

    The photograph was taken near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

  • When

    Although the treaty covering this region was signed in 1906, thirteen years later this family seemed still to be living a traditional way of life, at least for part of the year.

  • Who

    The family is unidentified. If they are from the region, they are probably Cree.